So you did it. You found the one. After years of searching, after hundreds of dates, you’ve finally found true love.
Now you’ve just got to make it last.
Every relationship has a honeymoon phase—that period of intense emotional and physical attraction, euphoria, and ecstasy that make the first years of a relationship feel like the sweetest dream.
But according to a study at New York University, researchers found that this phase wears off after about 30 months. The rose-colored glasses come off, and partners begin to truly see one another, flaws and all, for the first time.
Disagreements arise. Fights begin over trivial issues. And if couples aren’t prepared, this can cause great strife, and even bring an end to what was once a beautiful love.
But rather than an ending, the cessation of the honeymoon phase is a beginning. It is the transition from mercurial attraction to stable, long-lasting love of the storybooks. No longer are you driven to love your partner; you choose to intentionally love him or her.
That intentionality takes work, and so to help you prepare for a lifetime of love, let’s take a look at 7 things that partners can do that make relationships last.